Horsley vs VWFC
13/08/2016 Horsley 2 - 2 Virginia Water
Surrey Elite League
Report by Ceri Jones
What a fixture to start the new league season – away against the back to back treble winners – it doesn’t get much tougher!
But, on a day when Virginia Water fielded three senior teams, and had eight first team squad players missing, the first team turned a terrific performance that gives them great confidence and momentum so early in the season.
To a man, the twelve that played were awesome, in stifling heat and against a very big and powerful reigning league champion side. Not to be outdone, Waters could and should have come away with all three points had they taken advantage of a glorious late one on one chance.
This should not take anything away from the lads, with the back four of Adam Mills, Steve Streeter, Marc Lansdowne and Lee Cooper dealing with most things Horsley could throw at them, ably supported by a solid display in goal from Matt Jones.
The home side started the brighter, but after 15/20 minutes Waters started to find their rhythm, with the passing, movement and composure much the better of the two teams.
Both sides created chances, with many clear cut to be fair.
Horsley took the lead against the run of play, when a casual cross hit Mills in the stomach only for the referee to give a penalty from some distance away – only he can say why? Even Horsley were mystified by the decision. To make matters worse, Jones saved the spot kick, only for the ref to order a re-take for encroachment, which Horsley then scored.
Credit to Waters’ character, they bounced straight back with a great equaliser within minutes.
Steve Williams and Liam Hill broke up play in the centre of the park (as they did tirelessly for the whole match!), and Hill fed Luke Bersey, who in turn put Michael Chambers away – he pulled the ball back for Jake Baker (MoM) to take one touch and smash home in the bottom corner, giving the home keeper no chance – no more than Waters deserved.
Waters now had all the momentum and play, with Bersey having a growing influence on the game, and Baker and David Tomkins terrorising their full backs, with a combination of pace and footwork.
Chambers, Bersey and Baker all had efforts on goal, but at 1-1 half time VW were in the box seat!
The second half saw Waters on top for periods, and Horsley fighting back, then Waters again taking control.
Waters took a deserved lead, when Baker headed home superbly to the top corner, from a perfect delivery by Bersey.
Waters kicked on, but couldn’t get the killer third goal.
Horsley got an equaliser late on with a worldy strike, as the away side only half cleared a long throw, for the home midfielder to volley home into the far corner from 25 yards – that would have graced the Premier League.
All Waters could do was wearily admire the strike.
Waters battled back and had a great chance to win at the death, when Bersey put Chambers in on the keeper, for the chance to score, when the goal was gaping.
A top performance against one of the league’s top sides, and now Waters can look forward to two tough home matches at their new site of Windsor FC.
Well done lads!
MOM: Jake Baker